If faith without works is dead, if a tree without fruit is burned, then humble words without humble deeds are like players who sit on the bench--destined for release from the team.
Only when we empty ourselves of arrogant airs will God fill us with His Spirit. Only when we surrender our personal goals will God trust us with His touchdowns. If God owns a team called 'The Christians,' will He play a pompous star?
Increasingly, I am spurred to remember a truth so easy to forget: Surrender to Jesus is not a one-time deal. Like joining a team, it's a process. To follow Jesus requires day-by-day movement: efforts of sacrifice, service and humility.
'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me' (Luke 9:23).
Consider America's team: Are we comfortable and cozy, hanging in cloistered communities? Ambitious and accumulating, conforming to worldly success? Rich and relaxed, reclining with our friends? Seated and satisfied, enjoying the Sunday game we believe we've already won?
Jesus did win. But He won with a team of losers. Those who thought they were on top... weren't. They didn't make God's cut. 'I have not come to call the righteous' (Luke 5:32). In this mean time, play on earth's fields continues.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your job is to win fans and recruit players. Your uniform is a cross. It's not a trinket on your neck, but a duty in your life. To be chosen as God's player, humility is the right team Spirit.
It requires daily practice. So don't believe your own hype. Don't look like the world. Don't demand good service. Instead, give it. In so doing, you will become a star player--His way.
To Be Continued...
## Leadership Series: Good Team Spirit (Part 13)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.